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Speakers 2015

Professor Iain Begg

LSE European Institute
Prof. Begg is a Professorial Research Fellow at the European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science and Associate Fellow at Chatham House. His main research work is on the political economy of European integration and EU economic governance. He has directed and participated in a series of research projects on different facets of EU policy and his current projects include studies on the governance of EU economic and social policy, the EU’s Europe 2020 strategy, evaluation of EU cohesion policy and reform of the EU budget.

Michał Brański

Board Member of Grupa Wirtualna Polska
Michal Branski started his entrepreneur career right after he graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics, when he co-founded a media group O2. The greatest success of the firm is creating a Polish instant messaging service ‘Tlen’. In 2014 the O2 group merged with ‘WirtualnaPolska’ establishing Grupa WP, which is now one of the leading polish web portal groups.

Dr Adam Czyżewski

Chief Economist at PKN ORLEN
Dr Czyżewski has been the Chief Economist at PKN ORLEN since 2007. He specialises in the changes of the global energy sector that are driven by economic policies and revolutionary innovations. Before his appointment at PKN ORLEN he was a director at the National Bank of Poland, supervising the economic research and the Inflation Reports.

David Dalton

Editor at The Economist Intelligence Unit
David Dalton is a macro-economist, whose main interests include macroeconomic stabilisation and international economics of Central and Eastern Europe. As a graduate of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), Mr Dalton is an expert on politics and economics of the CEE region and the former Soviet Union states. At the Economist Intelligence Unit, Mr Dalton is responsible for producing insightful analytical reports, including political and economics forecasts, for Poland.

Henry Foy

Financial Times
Henry Foy is a journalist at Financial Times. As the Central Europe Correspondent, he has extensive knowledge about Polish politics and economics as well as broader regional affairs. You can read one of his most recent articles about Donald Tusk here: http://goo.gl/dmdz8z

Tomasz Huś

Managing Director, InPost
Tomasz Huś is a young manager with strong engineering background, experience in strategic management and successful hands-on implementation record. Before his appointment as Managing Director at InPost, he worked for 6 years in as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group(BCG) in Poland. During Businessweek 2012, Mr Hus won a special prize for the client for “transforming into modern company focused on clients and quality of services”

Franciszek Hutten-Czapski

Senior Partner, The Boston Consulting Group
Franciszek Hutten-Czapski is a Senior Partner and Managing Director of the Boston Consulting Group in Poland, leading the Warsaw office to extensive growth. He is an expert in sales, marketing, post-merger integrations and transformations in financial services and the FMCG sector. He gained experience working on over 30 cases with leading banks, insurance and consumer goods companies in Poland and Central Europe. For 2 years he has been working in BCG divisions in Chicago and New York, assisting international firms from the Fortune 100 list. Before starting his career at BCG he worked in the marketing department of Procter & Gamble. He graduated with honours from the Warsaw University of Technology and the University of Surrey.

Zbigniew Inglot

Inglot Cosmetics
Zbigniew Inglot is the Owner and Chairman at INGLOT Cosmetics. Established in 1983 in Przemyśl, INGLOT is a Polish company and one of the world’s leading manufacturers of colour cosmetics. Its products can be found in nearly 400 retail shops in more than 60 countries around the world and at some of the most prestigious places such as Times Square in NYC, The Dubai Mall and Westfield London. 95% of the products are made in Przemyśl, Poland. INGLOT Cosmetics is among the few Polish companies to have succeeded in “going global”.

Zbigniew Jagiełło

PKO Bank Polski
As the President of the Management Board of Poland’s largest bank, Mr Jagiełło can be credited with successfully steering PKO Bank Polski through the period of turmoil in the financial markets and strengthening the bank’s position of leadership in the region. He has been awarded numerous prestigious honours for his outstanding achievements in the banking industry and beyond – most notably Officer’s Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland (one of Poland’s highest Orders, granted by the President of Poland) for promoting the idea of corporate social responsibility.

Renata Kim

Journalist, Newsweek Poland
Renata Kim is currently a journalist at Newsweek Poland, overseeing the “Society” section of the magazine. She has previously contributed articles to many other Polish magazines and newspapers, such as Wprost, Przekrój, or Dziennik Polska. She was also associated with a variety of Polish radio stations, namely RMF FM, Trójka, as well as Polish section of BBC.

Ihor Kyzym

The Embassy of Ukraine in London
Ihor Kyzym is a renowned diplomat with more than 20 years of experience in foreign affairs. At the beginning of his impressive career, he held the position of First Secretary in the Ukrainian Embassies in France and Nigeria. Afterwards, he became the Counsellor in the Embassy of Canada. Before his appointment as Chargé d’affaires of Ukraine in United Kingdom, he was the Head of NATO division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Sławomir Lachowski

President of the Management Board at FM Bank PBP!
Sławomir Lachowski is a renowned manager and economist with more than twenty years’ experience in the banking industry in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. He is the founder of mBank – the first internet bank in the region, which revolutionised the banking market with its disruptive business model. From 2004 to 2008, Mr Lachowski served as Chief Executive Officer of BRE Bank, which now operates under mBank name. An author of numerous publications on financial restructuring, management and strategy.

Marek Matraszek

CEC Government Relations
Marek Matraszek is the Founding Partner of CEC Government Relations. He was born in the UK in 1962 and graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1984 at Magdalen College, Oxford. Mr Matraszek obtained a Masters degree in Russian and East European Studies at Magdalen in 1987. He moved to Poland in the autumn of 1990, initially working as a freelance correspondent and establishing CEC in 1993. A UK citizen, he speaks Polish fluently. He has advised a wide range of defence and aerospace companies in Central Europe. He was Lockheed Martin’s lead political adviser during the tender for Poland’s acquisition of the F-16 multirole aircraft, and since 2001 has been a consultant to several divisions of Lockheed.

Mateusz Morawiecki

BZ WBK Bank
Mateusz Morawiecki has been with Bank Zachodni WBK since 1998, and as of May 2007 he is the President of the bank’s Management Board. He graduated from the University of Wrocław, the Wrocław Technical University and Central Connecticut State University. He holds a diploma in European Law and Economic Integration Economics from the University of Hamburg as well as the Master of Advanced European Studies degree from the University of Basel. He is a former deputy director of the Department of Access Negotiations at the European Integration Committee. In addition, he is a member of the supervisory boards of several companies and the curriculum committees of several universities.

Agnieszka Morawińska

National Museum in Warsaw
Agnieszka Morawińska, a renowned art historian and critic, is the Director of the National Museum in Warsaw. The appointment as Director of the National Museum in Warsaw in November 2010 was the culmination of her outstanding career. Ms Morawińska worked as a curator at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. She also held the position of undersecretary of state in the Polish Ministry of Culture and Art and served as the ambassador of Poland to Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Dr Sebastian Płóciennik

Coordinator of the European Union Programme,
Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)

Sebastian Płóciennik, PhD habil. in Economics, is the coordinator of the European Union Programme at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) in Warsaw. His research focuses on European integration and the economic system of Germany. He has taught as a visiting professor at universities in South Africa, Canada, India and Germany. Previously, he was a Research Fellow at the University of Wrocław and at the Willy Brandt Centre for German and European Studies in Wrocław.

Tomasz Prusek

Deputy Business Editor at Gazeta Wyborcza
As a journalist, Mr Prusek has been associated with Gazeta Wyborcza for the last 20 years. His key areas of interest include stocks market, privatization, capital market law and corporate governance. For the outstanding achievements in his profession, Mr Prusek was twice nominated for the Grand Press Award in 2003 and 2012. In 2011, he has received Journalist of the Year 2011 Prize form Polish Association of Individual Investors.

Witold Sobków

Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the United Kingdom
Witold Sobków is the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in the United Kingdom. Until his appointment, he served as the Ambassador of Poland to the United Nations and Political Director. Prior to that, he was in the Department of Strategy and Planning of Poland’s Foreign Ministry, with the rank of Ambassador. He also served as Under-Secretary of State for European Affairs, Poland’s Ambassador to Ireland, Senior Advisor to the Minister on European Affairs, Director for Non-European Countries and the United Nations System and Deputy Head of the West European Department.

Dariusz Stola

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Dariusz Stola is a Professor of History at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. An expert on Polish-Jewish relations, he took over the post of the Director at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in March 2014. The Museum – which aims at fostering the understanding of Jewish history and promoting open cultural dialogue – is one of the most prominent institutions of its kind in Europe.

Agata Wacławik-Wejman

Head of Public Policy in Central
and Eastern Europe, Google

Agata Wacławik-Wejman has managed Google’s public policy work in CEE since 2010. Previously, she was a legal counsel at the World Bank in Washington D.C. and at the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland. She served on the executive board of the Polish central securities depository KDPW S.A. She is a Co-Founder of the legal think tank Inpris, and a member of the Digitisation Council in the Ministry of Administration and Digitisation of Poland. She is also Vice-President of the New Technologies Employers Association. Agata graduated from the Harvard Law School, the Jagiellonian University and studied at the University of Heidelberg. She is an attorney at law admitted to practice in New York.

Jacek Żakowski

Journalist, Polityka
Mr Żakowski’s main areas of interest include national and global politics. Apart from contributing articles to one of the most prominent national news magazines, “Polityka”, he is associated with “Gazeta Wyborcza” and “Radio TOK FM”. An author of several publications, Mr Żakowski received many awards for outstanding achievements in his profession and beyond. In November 2014, Mr Żakowski was honoured with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Resituta – one of Poland’s highest orders, granted by the President.